Guest Post By: Sophia Anderson
Why & How to Launch Your Own Blog
Blogging is very popular among students, but what about teachers? They are catching up, and it’s easy to see why as blogging enables them to keep in touch with their students and colleagues outside of work, while at the same time sharing insightful ideas. The following article will teach you why and how to run a blog as a teacher.
Reasons You Should Blog
- Share ideas – sharing your ideas and thoughts with the world allows you to become a part of an active online community and exchange ideas with other blogging teachers, as well as readers.
- Keep up with your students – it will help you become more in tune with the way they think, learn, and live their lives.
- Develop yourself personally and professionally – another reason why great teachers blog is because it allows them to never stop learning.
- Lead by example – blogging yourself is one of the easiest ways to get your students to blog as well.
How to Set Up a Blog
Check out a step-by-step-guide that will teach you all the ins and outs of blogging:
- Choosing a Platform for Your Blog
The best blogging platforms out there are places like WordPress, Blogger, Medium, Weebly, and even Tumblr. However, thanks to an endless selection of themes, easy-to-use Dashboard, and the ability to expand its functionality through plug-ins, WordPress is probably your best option. You can set up a blog for free, or you can buy your own domain name and hosting.
- Defining Your Blog’s Niche
In order to focus your blogging efforts and to provide something of value for your readers, you need to figure out what your niche is going to be, as well as your target audience. They might be fellow teachers, education experts, or students. You can share and discuss ideas, or offer help and solutions for your students. It is entirely up to you.
- Writing Blog Posts
You are free to write about whatever you want, but there are some rough guidelines that can help you become a better blogger. First of all, try and create content that will be of use to your readers, and which will contain real solutions to their problems. Also, you should remain consistent when it comes to posting. Rely on these tools to help you out:
- Headline Analyzer – Having the right headline can make your post much more visible and attract the right audience. Headline Analyzer will analyze your post’s title and give it a ranking, along with pointers on how to improve it.
- ProWritingAid – This tool can help with your posts’ readability, and spot any grammar and spelling errors.
- Copyscape – Whatever your write should be free of plagiarism. Make sure to use plagiarism checker to create unique content.
- Essay On Time – Here you can get writing help when you are too busy to create posts, as well as editing and proofreading help by professional editors.
- Canva – Make your posts more unique and eye-catching by creating original and custom graphics.
- Thestocks.im – Here you can find free stock photos from all over the web.
- Posting and Sharing
As for posting and sharing your work, you can do this yourself, or you can rely on apps like Buffer or Hootsuite, where you can schedule your social posts for publishing in advance. This is also a better option, because if you are targeting a particular audience, you’re going to want to publish when they are online and active. If possible, your social media outlets should have the same identity as your blog.
- Responding to Blog Comments
If you can, respond to blog comments to inspire trust among your readers and let them know that there is an actual person behind all of those posts. Also, a lively comment section can be a fertile ground for constructive discussions and new ideas.
- Networking and Building Contacts
By connecting with other similar-minded teachers/bloggers you become a part of a much larger community, which allows you to provide and receive useful feedback, and improve both your teaching and blogging efforts, not to mention building backlinks.
- Following Blogging Etiquette
This means giving credit to other bloggers whose work you’ve used or paraphrased by posting a link to their blog. Also, you need to get used to less-than-appropriate comments in the comment section and remain polite and positive, because of your readers. Also, never reveal the identity of your students or your colleagues. These are probably the top don’ts for blogging teachers, but here are a few others:
- Don’t spam – It’s OK to reach out to other bloggers, but it’s not OK to spam them with requests to link to your blog.
- Don’t write too much or too little – If your posts are too short, you won’t be able to offer anything of real value to your readers. If they are too long, they might lead to losing interest.
- Don’t procrastinate – Try to share your posts regularly to keep your readers involved with your timely articles.
Following these tips, you will be able to set up your blog and start posting in no time. Good luck!
About the Author: Sophia Anderson is an associate educator and a freelance writer who is passionate about covering topics on education, e-learning, writing, self-improvement and others. She believes that getting to know something new every day is a must. Her inspiration comes from reading books and online blog posts which cover a wide range of her interests. Meet Sophia at @Sophia7Anderson.